John P. Sheahan on engagement, Virginia, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


In February 1864, John P. Sheahan of Co. K, 1st Maine Cavalry, wrote to his parents in Dennysville to tell them he was engaged "to that girl I told you about."

Sheahan, in winter camp near Warrenton, Virginia, praised his fiance as being nice, a Christian, and a "most splendid scholar." He wrote that he told her that they could not marry for four years after he got out of the service because he wanted to go to medical school.

He also reported on his efforts to get a commission and thus a promotion.

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About This Item

  • Title: John P. Sheahan on engagement, Virginia, 1864
  • Creator: Sheahan, John Parris
  • Creation Date: 1864-02-05
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Dennysville, Warrenton
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME, VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 30.7 cm x 20 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 184, Box 1/8
  • Collection: John Parris Sheahan papers
  • Object Type: Text

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